READ: Galatians 1. Reread verses 6-12

THINK: This feels like a scathing lecture from Paul – and it certainly is. He is disgusted because the church in Galatia has turned from the true message of the gospel to other slick teachers and optimistic (but empty) ways of thinking.

Consider carefully: What are the essentials of the gospel – the good news of Jesus Christ? What does it most certainly include? What does it most certainly not include?

Have you ever been tempted to turn away from the message of the gospel and of God’s Word in order to add to, delete, or just alter portions of it to make it conveniently fit your life? Have you ever heard others add to, delete, or alter the message for their convenience? What might be done about that? What are the consequences of doing such a thing?

What might Paul say if he were here today?

PRAY: Prayerfully reflect on the importance of the gospel message and of God’s Word. Ask God to give you a mind that discerns and carefully weighs the truth and a heart that seeks to apply that truth to your life.

– Adapted from Eugene Peterson in Solo

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